Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Directive To Strengthen Safety Oversight of the Washington Metrorail System
Legislation to create a Metro Safety Commission to be introduced in 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed an executive directive instructing state transportation officials to facilitate the creation and staffing of a Metro Safety Commission and giving them the authority to oversee compliance with safety directives at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
Executive Directive 8 also instructs the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation to review all accident investigations related to the Metrorail system, to inspect public and nonpublic areas of the system, and to assess the state of repair for all trains, tracks and other infrastructure.
“Our administration has been a constant advocate for stronger safety protections for the commuters who use the Metrorail system each day, including more than 300,000 Virginians,” said Governor McAuliffe. “We concur with the direction of the new leadership at WMATA and its work to ensure that safety is the central goal of the Metrorail system. By establishing the Metro Safety Commission and collaborating with our partners in Maryland and the District of Columbia, we are putting in place the necessary policies and oversight to ensure that safety continues to be the top priority.”
Governor McAuliffe signed a Memorandum of Agreement on March 2 committing resources and staff to establish a state oversight agency that is fully compliant with enhanced federal requirements.
The full Executive Directive is below: